Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City: Honoré Daumier’s Les Gens de Justice Prints in the Ateneo Art Gallery Collection

01 2017 Ateneo Art Gallery, Mr. & Mrs. Ching Tan Gallery
2017 Ateneo Art Gallery, Mr. & Mrs. Ching Tan Gallery

Finding its new home in the Areté, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) is home to more than a thousand paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, installations and prints of modern and contemporary Philippine art. The members of the Ateneo de Manila University campus community, along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, are privy to this wealth of art, which started when the artist and educator, Fernando Montojo Zóbel de Ayala(1924–1984), donated more than 200 artworks from his personal collection, in the 1960s. Soon, other alumni started donating their own collections to the AAG, including a collection of prints from the French Realist, Honoré Daumier.

02 1850 Honoré Daumier by Victor Laisné (1830-1911)
1850 Honoré Daumier by Victor Laisné (1830-1911)

Honoré-Victorin Philippe Daumier (1808-1879) was an influential artist of 19th Century France, who worked in sculpture, painting and print; and whose themes revolved around the genre scenes of everyday life, political satire, and social realism. In the AAG collection, there are nineteen lithographic prints, from Daumier’s series entitled “Les Gens de Justice” (Law and Justice), with twelve works on display. Part of a thirty nine piece series, Daumier created these prints, between 1845 and 1848, as a satire of the lawyers and judges during the industrialization of France. First published in the political magazine, Le Charivari (The Hullabaloo), “Les Gens de Justice” was a subtle stab at the corruption of these public officials, avoiding persecution by the French government’s ban of political cartoons in 1835.

02 1889 Le Charivari
1889 Le Charivari

The following plates are the twelve prints of Daumier that are on display in the AAG, as well as the translations of the titles that the artist had penned on each print.

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Conversations d'AvocatsConversations d’Avocats

Lawyers Conversing

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, L' Avocat SuffirantL’ Avocats Suffisant

The Sufficient Lawyer

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Les Avocats et les Plaideurs 1Les Avocats et les Plaideurs

The Lawyers and the Litigants

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Les Avocats et les Plaideurs 2Les Avocats et les Plaideurs

The Lawyers and the Litigants

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Les beaux joursLes Beaux Jours de la Vie un Triomphe d’Avocat

A Beautiful Day in the Life of a Triumphant Lawyer

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Les Deus AvocatLes Deux Avocats

The Two Lawyers

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Les Moments DifficilesTypes et Physionomies, Les Moments Difficiles de la Vie

The Types and the Countenances, in the Difficult Moments of Life

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Ll parait decidimentIl Parait Décidément Que Mon Gaillard est un Grand Scélérat…… Tant Mieux…… Si Je Parviens à le Faire Acquitter, Quel Honneur Pour Moi!

It Seems that My Fellow is a Grand Scoundrel …… So Much Better ……If I Succeed in Acquitting Him, What an Honor for Me!

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Mon Chere ConfrereMon Cher Confrère

My Dear Brother

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Plougoutin, Procutcul GeneralPlougoulm, Procureur Général

Pierre Ambroise Plougoulm (1796-1863) Prosecutor General

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Types et PhysionomiesTypes et Physionomies

The Types and the Countenances

1845 Honoré Daumier - Les Gens de Justice, Vaila le MinistersVoilà le ministère public qui vous dit des choses très désagréables…….. Tâchez donc de pleurer au moins d’un oil … ça fait toujours bien!……

This is the public ministry that will tell you very unpleasant things ……..so try to cry in at least one eye …….. It’s always good!

2018 AretéThe Ateneo de Manila community and its visitors are honored to have such a prized collection of world art and historical heritage in its collection. And as more and more alumni donate their own collections to the Ateneo Art Gallery, the greater experience to all those who enter the halls of the Areté. One of such impressive donations is from the historian and alumnus, Ambeth Ocampo, which will be discussed in the next article.

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